The Supreme Court has adjourned by six weeks a petition by a former woman additional sessions judge who had sought job reinstatement after she had quit her job accusing a judge of the Madhya Pradesh high court of sexual harassment. She had resigned in 2014 and in 2015 the inquiry panel was set up after 58 members of the Rajya Sabha, gave a notice to move a motion to impeach the HC judge.
In December last year, she was given a clean chit by the panel that probed the charges of sexual harassment against him. The panel had found no basis in the charge that the judge misused his position to use the lower judiciary to harass the complainant.
58 parliamentarians had supported a motion to impeach the Madhya Pradesh High Court judge.
The woman had resigned as an additional district judge in Gwalior in July 2014 detailing letters to the President, the Chief Justice and Union Law Minister. She said in the letters that the judge had asked her to “dance to an item song” and influenced her transfer to a remote location. She then challenged the clean chit to her senior and approached the top court with a request to reinstate her.
—India Legal Bureau